Labor Day Weekend in Idaho: Slip-n-Sliding, Mules and Axe Throwing

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KELSEY HAWES
  • Kelsey Hawes

AAA Idaho expects about 147,000 Idahoans to hit the road this week in their last grasp of summer.  While there are numerous holiday weekend events happening in the Treasure Valley—including the 1,000-foot slip-n-slide between Boise Avenue and Federal Way, and the Spirit of Boise balloon launches in Ann Morrison Park—more than a few people will be heading to the mountains for a trip back in time.

Ketchum's Wagon Days are highlighted by today's so-called "Big Hitch," the largest non-motorized parade in North America, with more than 100 buggies, carriages, carts, stages and wagons being pulled through town. But the biggest big hitch of the day will be a wagon train pulled by a team of 20 specially trained pack mules. The pack will be pulling a cargo of six, 3-ton wagons that once carried ore from central Idaho mines.

Meanwhile, the chips will fly in the Adams County community of New Meadows when lumberjacks (and -jills) bring their skills to the 49th annual Meadows Valley Days. The event features Idaho's largest car show and a parade, but the fun really gets going during the logging competition, including the very specific skill of axe throwing.